Jill E. Adams, J.D., is the founding executive director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, which propels law and policy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide. Through the work of the Center, Adams seeks to realize reproductive rights and advance reproductive justice by furthering scholarship, bolstering advocacy efforts, and influencing legal and social science discourse through innovative research, teaching, and convenings. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Adams was the executive director of Law Students for Reproductive Justice for six years, guiding its transformation from a fledging organization to a sustainable institution and influential force in the national reproductive health, rights, and justice movement. She currently serves as vice president of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, board treasurer of Reproductive Health Technologies Project, and board member of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants, as well as advisor to Nursing Students for Choice and other organizations. Adams is the executive editor of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the first legal textbook on the subject, and she recently co-authored “A Travesty of Justice: Revisiting Harris v. McRae” (William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law). In 2016 she was selected for the first Rockwood Fellowship for Leaders in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. The year before, Adams was featured as one of 37 Soldiers of Social Change in San Francisco Magazine’s annual power issue. She is the youngest person to have received the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Fellowship in the award’s 25-year history and is licensed by the State Bar of California.
For the past 32 years, Martha has served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. She joined PSR-LA in 1998 to launch the environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007. She is committed to making the credible voice of physicians a powerful instrument for transforming California and our planet into a more peaceful and healthy place.
Martha grew up in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. At the young age of 14, she made a lifelong commitment to effect social change after seeing her friend killed by a school security guard. As a coalition builder, Martha has emphasized the need for local grassroots advocacy working in partnership with statewide policy actions. She serves as chair of the Steering Committees of California for a Healthy and Green Economy and Californians for Pesticide reform and in 2013 she was awarded the Wangari Maathai Environmental Justice Award by Black Women for Wellness.
Jacinta ‘Jacy’ Montoya Price is a mother and a reproductive justice activist who has worked for more than 20 years to engage her community in the issues that affect them most. As co-founder and former executive director of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Jacy was instrumental in developing Latino-specific messages and strategy to defeat Colorado’s personhood initiatives, establishing COLOR as a leader in both the state and national reproductive health and rights movements and expanding exponentially the organization’s staff and budget. Through creation and implementation of advocacy events like Latina/o Advocacy Day and Speak Up for Kids, Jacy has helped to train hundreds of community members to be effective advocates for reproductive health and rights, early childhood development, K-12 education, health care and more.
Jacy graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in the growth and structure of cities. With training and professional experience in community planning and development, Jacy has also worked to build sustainable, walkable communities that are accessible by public transportation and inclusive of affordable housing. In her free time, Jacy enjoys traveling across Colorado “glamping” with her husband, son and daughter in their vintage Airstream camper and volunteering at her son’s school to promote equity, inclusion and racial justice.
Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC. Dr. Perritt is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She received her subspecialty training in Family Planning at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During her fellowship training, Dr. Perritt received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completion of her fellowship, she returned to her hometown of Washington, DC to assume the role of Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc. Dr. Perritt’s primary clinical and research interests surround issues of health disparities with a focus on vulnerable populations. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive health rights and speaks and presents frequently on these topics. She has worked closely the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Advocates for Youth and other organizations in support of access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Dr. Perritt is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and a Junior Fellow of The Society of Family Planning.
DeShawn Taylor, MD is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who solely owns and operates Desert Star Family Planning, LLC, the newest of the six medical offices where women can receive abortion care in Arizona. Born, raised, and trained in Los Angeles, CA, she began her research and teaching career after completing a Family Planning Fellowship and Masters of Science Degree in Clinical and Biomedical Investigations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Realizing her passion for advocacy for abortion access and women’s reproductive rights, she accepted a leadership position with Planned Parenthood Arizona and made the move to Phoenix seven years ago. During her time in Arizona, she has served in leadership roles with PPAZ, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, and has participated in various levels of advocacy around Arizona anti-abortion laws.
She holds an academic appointment with the University of Arizona College of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She lectures annually in the Reproductive Health block at the medical school, hosts medical students for selectives in her office, and is an invited lecturer at the local osteopathic colleges and student conferences.
Marty is the founder and principal of Marty Walz and Associates, a management and public affairs consulting firm. Before founding her own firm, Marty served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts for two years, leading the organization’s health care, education, and advocacy work. Prior to joining PPLM in March 2013, Marty served as a Massachusetts State Representative for eight years. Among her legislative achievements, she was a lead sponsor of the 2007 law that created a 35-foot buffer zone to protect the privacy, dignity, and safety of patients and staff at reproductive health centers. During her time in the legislature, she championed family planning funding, teen pregnancy prevention programs, comprehensive and age-appropriate health education, and education reform. She is also the author of the state’s anti-bullying law. Marty also served for seven years on the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Marty has a M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a B.A. from Colgate University.